The Packard Campus Theater programs events year round, usually on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The schedule for each month is posted approximately two weeks in advance. Short subjects are presented before select programs. Titles are subject to change without notice.
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Thursday, August 20 (7:30 p.m.)
THE PINK PANTHER (United Artists, 1963)
This comic masterpiece by Blake Edwards introduced both the animated Pink Panther character in the film's opening and closing credit sequences, and actor Peter Sellers in his most renowned comic role as the inept Inspector Clouseau. The influence of the great comics of the silent era on Edwards and Sellers is apparent throughout the film, which is recognized for its enduring popularity. Henry Mancini’s score was nominated for an Academy Award and the soundtrack album was awarded a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 2001. Shot in the Alps in Northern Italy as well as Rome and Paris by Cinematographer Philip Lathrop, the film was added to the National Film Registry in 2010.
Color, 115 min.
Friday, August 21 (7:30 p.m.)
I WAS A MALE WAR BRIDE (20th Century Fox, 1949)
Cary Grant stars as French officer Henri Rochard, who is paired with a WAC lieutenant (Ann Sheridan) for duties in post-WWII Europe. Although at first at odds, the two soon fall in love and decide to marry - only to discover that the only way to get Rochard back to the US is via the War Brides Act (there being no provision for war grooms). Hawks advised Grant on how to play his character in drag: "just act like a man in woman's clothes." The ruse worked well - audiences flocked to see it and Grant called the film "the best comedy I've ever done." Director Howard Hawks shot the exterior scenes on location in Heidelberg, Germany with interiors in London. Surprisingly, the film was based on a true story.
Black & white,105 min.
Saturday, August 22 (2 p.m.)
THE SUNDOWNERS (Warner Bros., 1960)
Fred Zinnemann directed this adaptation of Jon Cleary's 1952 novel about a family of nomadic sheepherders in the Australian Outback. Studio head Jack Warner approved the project with the understanding that it would be made inexpensively in Arizona, but the director persuaded him that the actual location would make for a better film - and bigger box office. Starring Robert Mitchum, Deborah Kerr, Michael Anderson, Jr., Peter Ustinov, Glynis Johns and Dina Merrill, it was one of the first Hollywood films shot on location in Australia, where temperatures often soared to 108 degrees. The film received critical acclaim and was nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress in a Leading Role for Deborah Kerr.
Color, 133 min.
Saturday, August 22 (7:30 p.m.)
THE TRAIN (United Artists, 1964)
In this fictionalized account based on actual events, ruthless Nazi Colonel Von Waldheim (Paul Scofield) arranges to move a stolen cache of priceless art treasures from Paris before the Allies retake the city. He commandeers a train to Germany, which rallies Resistance fighters, led by an initially reluctant Burt Lancaster, to somehow stop him without destroying the legacy he’s trying to confiscate. Directed by John Frankenheimer, the film was shot in black and white and almost entirely on location in France. New York Times critic Bosley Crowthers called it “realistic and intensely engrossing” and praised the film for its action and hair-trigger suspense. “The Train” was Oscar nominated for best writing and was named as one of the top ten films of the year by the National Board of Review.
Black & white, 133 min.
Thursday, August 27 (7:30 p.m.)
HATARI! (Paramount, 1962)
John Wayne stars as Sean Mercer, a macho game hunter who, along with his crew, is engaged in the exciting but dangerous business of catching wild animals for delivery to zoos around the world. Howard Hawks directed this adventure tale shot on location in the wilds of Tanganyika (in what is now Tanzania). According to Hawks, all of the animal captures in the picture were actually performed by the actors; no stuntmen or animal handlers were substituted on-screen. Like many other major films of Hawks, the film is more about the relationships among the characters than plot. Featured in the cast are Bruce Cabot, Red Buttons, Hardy Kruger and Elsa Martinelli. Russell Harlan’s cinematography received an Oscar nomination and Henry Mancini’s catchy “Baby Elephant Walk,” written for a scene in the film, became one of the composer’s most popular works.
Color, 157 min.
Friday, August 28 (7:30 p.m.)
THE LONGEST DAY (20th Century Fox, 1962)
Darryl F. Zanuck produced this epic telling of the D-Day landings at Normandy that took place on June 6, 1944. Based on the 1959 book “The Longest Day” by Cornelius Ryan, it was filmed in the style of a docudrama, and chronicles most of the important events surrounding D-Day. Shot at several French locations, The Longest Day had three directors, Ken Annakin for British and French exteriors, Andrew Marton for American exteriors, and Bernhard Wicki for German scenes. Studio publicity boasted “42 international stars” in the ensemble cast. They included major stars such as Robert Mitchum, John Wayne, Richard Burton, Sean Connery and Henry Fonda, along with popular teen idols like Paul Anka, Tommy Sands, and Fabian thrown into the mix to attract the younger viewers. The film employed several Axis and Allied military consultants who had been actual participants on D-Day. It garnered five Oscar nominations, winning two - for Best Cinematography and Best Special Effects.
Color, 178 min.
Saturday, August 29
The Packard Campus Theater will be closed on Saturday, August 29 due to required maintenance in the building’s central plant. The previously
announced screening of “Venus of the South Seas” will be rescheduled at a later date.
Thursday, September 3 (7:30 p.m.)
THE PUBLIC ENEMY (Warner Bros., 1931)
Raw and brutal, this crime saga – an early example of the Gangster genre by Warner Bros., the studio known for its gritty tales of the street – features James Cagney in an incendiary star-making portrayal of a two-bit bootlegger and his rise to the top amid gang warfare. Director William Wellman infuses the film with fierce machismo, witness the now-famous grapefruit-in-the-face scene (the face belongs to Mae Clarke). Jean Harlow as Cagney’s moll gives viewers little indication of the superstar she’d become in a few short years. “The Public Enemy” was added to the National Film Registry in 1998. The feature will be preceeded by a cartoon, “Bimbos’s Initiation,” and a comedy short, “The Pip From Pittsburgh,” starring Charley Chase and Thelma Todd.
Black & white. Feature 83 minutes, shorts, 24 minutes.
Wednesday, September 9 (7:30 p.m.)
VERDI AND THE SILENT FILM (Various, c. 1911)
The relationship between composer Giuseppe Verdi and early cinema will be explored in a program that includes extracts from the rarely seen film, “Giuseppe Verdi: Nella Vita e Nella Gloria” (Labor Films, Rome, 1913). Directed by Giuseppe Di Ligouro, the film was released in the U.S. in 1914 under the title” The Life and Work of Verdi.” The early silent version of Verdi’s “Aida” (Edison, 1911) will also be screened. Directed by Oscar Apfel and J. Searle Dawley, it is one of the earliest and most ambitious attempts to bring grand opera to the screen. The program will be presented by Dr. Paul Fryer, Associate Director of Research and Director of The Stanislavski Centre at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance in the UK. Film sources are The Cineteca Nazionale in Rome, La Cineteca Del Friuli, Gemona, and EYE, film institute Nederland. Live musical accompaniment will be provided by Makia Matsumura making her Packard Campus Theater debut.
Approximately 120 minutes.
Thursday, September 10 (7:30 p.m.)
SEA OF LOVE (Universal, 1989, R-rated*)
Al Pacino stars as burned-out NYPD Detective Frank Keller who is on the hunt for a serial killer known for using personal ads in singles magazines to attract his victims. Keller teams up with another detective (John Goodman) and they place an ad as bait, which attracts the tough and beautiful Helen Cruger (Ellen Barkin). Keller falls hard for Helen, who soon becomes the top suspect in the case. Film critic Roger Ebert wrote that this atmospheric thriller directed by Harold Becker “had an ingeniously constructed story that depends for its suspense on the question: What happens when you fall in love with a person who may be quite prepared to murder you?” *No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Color, 113 minutes
Friday, September 11 (7:30 p.m.)
SUDDENLY (United Artists, 1954)
An ex-soldier-turned-assassin (Frank Sinatra) and his two henchmen take over a house in the suburban town of Suddenly, California where they terrorize the inhabitants and plot to assassinate the President of the United States. Lewis Allen directed this white-knuckle thriller that was written by Richard Sale. Sinatra garnered great reviews for his portrayal of a thoroughly detestable character, as did Nancy Gates as a widowed pacifist and Sterling Hayden as the local Sheriff. Due to the similarities between Sinatra’s character and Lee Harvey Oswald, “Suddenly” was withdrawn from local TV packages for several years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Black & white, 75 minutes
BEAST FROM HAUNTED CAVE (Allied Artists, 1959)
Monte Hellman (best known for the cult film “Two-Lane Blacktop”) made his directorial debut when he was selected by famed cult movie Director/Producer Roger Corman himself to helm this low-budget horror/heist film which pits run-away robbers against a mysterious, spiderlike monster. Shot by Corman’s production crew in the Black Hills of South Dakota, the cast includes Michael Forest, Sheila Carol and Richard Sinatra (Frank's nephew) who enjoyed a brief career in a few films and on television. The Monster was created and played by actor Chris Robinson who later starred on the daytime drama “General Hospital.”
Black & white, 75 minutes
Saturday, September 12 (2 p.m.)
THE LAST UNICORN (Jensen Farley, 1982)
This animated fantasy film was based on the children’s novel of the same name by Peter S. Beagle, who also wrote the screenplay. Mia Farrow voices the title role in the story of a unicorn who, upon learning that she is the last of her species in the world, goes on a quest to find out what has happened to the others of her kind. The film includes the voices of Alan Arkin, Jeff Bridges, Angela Lansbury and Christopher Lee with a musical score and songs composed by Jimmy Webb. New York Times critic Janet Maslin called the film "an unusual children's film in many respects, the chief one being that it is unusually good. It features a cast that would do any live-action film proud, a visual style noticeably different from that of other children's fare, and a story filled with genuine sweetness and mystery."
Color, 92 minutes
Saturday, September 12 (7:30 p.m.)
LAST OF THE MOHICANS (20th Century-Fox, 1992, R-rated*)
Daniel Day-Lewis stars as rugged frontiersman Hawkeye, a white man who was adopted and raised by a Mohican father. He saves two newly arrived English settlers -- the Munro sisters -- from a Huron ambush, and ends up in the midst of the battle between the British and the French for control of the American colonies. This historic epic directed by Michael Mann and based on James Fenimore Cooper's novel was met with nearly universal praise from critics. Filmed mostly in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Cinematographer Dante Spinotti earned a BAFTA for his work. The first-rate production also stars Madeleine Stowe as the Munro sister who wins Hawkeye's heart and Wes Studi as the Huron warrior who has a score to settle with her father, withmusic by Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman. *No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Color, 112 minutes
Thursday, September 17 (7:30 p.m.)
WHAT DREAMS MAY COME (Polygram, 1998)
Robin Williams stars as physician Chris Nielsen who, after dying in car accident and going to heaven, discovers that his wife Annie (Annabella Sciorra), inconsolable after the loss of her husband only a few years after also losing their two children, commits suicide and goes to Hell. Risking eternal damnation, Nielson leaves paradise and embarks on an epic journey to save his spouse from Hades. Based on a 1978 metaphysical novel by Richard Matheson, this romantic fantasy-drama won an Oscar for best visual effects and was nominated for best art direction. Cuba Gooding Jr. and Max von Sydow are also in the cast.
Color, 113 minutes
Friday, September 18 (7:30 p.m.)
SILENT MOVIE DOUBLE FEATURE
BROKEN HEARTS OF BROADWAY (Irving Cummings Productions, 1923)
This rags-to-riches Broadway drama stars Colleen Moore in one of her first starring roles as Stage-struck country girl Mary Ellis who arrives in New York and lands a job in the chorus line with the help of her gold-digging friend, Bubbles Revere (Alice Lake). Mary is soon fired when she turns down the advances of one of the show's owners. Although she has by then found romance with struggling songwriter George Colton (Johnnie Walker), Mary is ready to give up and go home, when shockingly, she is arrested for murder. Ben Model will provide live musical accompaniment.
Black & white, 67 minutes
LIGHTS OF OLD BROADWAY (MGM, 1925)
Marion Davies plays a duel role as twin sisters Fely and Anne O'Tandy, who are orphaned on a ship sailing from Ireland to America. Fely is taken in by a family that lives in an Irish shantytown on the edge of New York and grows up to become a singer in a pub, while Anne is adopted by a wealthy family, the de Rondes, and becomes a society girl in New York. Romance comes in the form of Dirk de Rhonde (Conrad Nagel), who falls for the poor sister after they meet during a shantytown uprising. Monta Bell directed this drama that was produced by William Randolph Hearst's Cosmopolitan Productions. Ben Model will provide live musical accompaniment for both features.
Black & white, 67 minutes
Saturday, September 19 (2 p.m.)
MORE LAME BRAINS AND LUNATICS (1915 – 1920)
Following his crowd-pleasing compilation of rarely-seen silent comedy shorts in October, 2013, Steve Massa, author of "Lame Brains & Lunatics: The Good, The Bad, and The Forgotten of Silent Comedy," returns to the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater with another program of laughs from the past. Drawn from the Library’s collection, the films give an appreciative look at forgotten (by some) comedians. Titles include: "Her First Flame" (1919) with Gale Henry, "Speed to Spare" (1920) with Snub Pollard, "Tweedledum's Scrambled Honeymoon (1916) with Marcel Perez, and "The Bogus Booking Agents" (1915) with Lloyd Hamilton & Bud Duncan. Ben Model will provide live musical accompaniment for the afternoon line-up of fun.
Black & white, approximately 120 minutes
Thursday, September 24 (7:30 p.m.)
THE CHANGELING (Associated Film, 1980, R rated *)
After his wife and daughter are killed in a car accident, classical composer John Russell (George C. Scott) moves to Seattle to teach at his alma mater. Looking for a quiet place to live, he rents a secluded estate in the countryside, but soon discovers that the house is haunted by the presence of a child who died there more than 80 years ago. The story is based upon events that writer Russell Hunter said he experienced while living in a mansion in Denver, Colorado. Peter Medak directed this chilling horror classic that also stars Trish Van Devere and Melvyn Douglas. Martin Scorsese added “The Changeling” to his Scariest Movies of All Time list. *No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Color, 107 minutes
Friday, September 25 (7:30 p.m.)
ARACHNOPHOBIA (Buena Vista, 1990)
Fed up with the inherent dangers of big-city life, Dr. Ross Jennings (Jeff Daniels) moves his family to a seemingly safe small California town. Soon Dr. Jennings encounters a series of sudden deaths where the bodies have been completely drained of blood. Evidence begins to point to a deadly spider species that has been mistakably imported from the rain forests of Venezuela. Frank Marshall, longtime producer of Steven Spielberg's films, made his directorial debut with “Arachnophobia” and John Goodman gives a noteworthy performance as a slovenly exterminator. Advertisers didn’t know if they should market the film as a horror movie, thriller, or a comedy, so the term "thrill-omedy" was coined.
Color, 103 minutes
Saturday, September 26 (7:30 p.m.)
CULT HORROR FILM DOUBLE FEATURE
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (20th Century Fox, 1992)
In this action-comedy horror film, Valley girl cheerleader Buffy (Kristy Swanson) learns from a mysterious man named Merrick (Donald Sutherland) that she is the "chosen one" of her generation -- destined to rid the world of vampires. Also in the cast are Luke Perry, Rutger Hauer, Paul Reubens and Hilary Swank. The film was taken in a different direction from the one that its writer, Joss Whedon, had intended, so five years later he created the darker and acclaimed TV series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”
Color, 92 minutes
ARMY OF DARKNESS (Universal, 1992, R rated *)
Bruce Campbell returns as the one-armed Ash in the third installment of director Sam Raimi's slick comic book-like horror trilogy that began with “The Evil Dead” in 1982. Continuing from “Evil Dead II,” Ash is transported back in time with his '73 Oldsmobile and a chainsaw to 14th century England where must locate the Book of the Dead in order to return to the present day. Co-starring Elizabeth Davidtz and Bridget Fonda with music by Danny Elfman, this tongue-in-cheek sequel delivers gore, sword-and-sorcery-style action, and comedy. “Army of Darkness” won the Saturn Award for Best Horror Film of the year, given by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. . *No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Color, 81 minutes
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